Author: Tyler King

Tyler King is a Bay Area native who has attended hundreds of shows since his first concert at the age of 15. A musician himself with a post-punk project called Vio\ator, Tyler also has a YouTube channel called NuReview, where he shares his passion and views on both contemporary and classic synth pop, new wave, and post-punk.

Gorillaz Chase Center September 21, 2022 Photos by Ashleigh Castro For anyone around in the year 2005, Gorillaz need no introduction. If you listened to the radio that year, you of course heard “Feel Good, Inc.” nearly every single day. Hell, if you listen to the radio now you’re going to hear “Feel Good, Inc.” every day. The brainchild of Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett, the virtual band is gearing up to release their eighth studio album, Cracker Island, in February of next year, and have hit the road with their current live iteration in…

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Cold Cave The Chapel September 8, 2022 Photos by Tyler King For part of The Chapel’s 10-Year Anniversary Shows, two nights of Cold Cave headlining were announced. The second night, September 9th, was almost sold out, but I attended the September 8th show. The first time I saw the band was also at The Chapel in 2019, and it felt refreshing to see the band where I had first witnessed the darkwave and post-punk-inspired project founded by Wes Eisold. Taking the stage amid a flurry of smoke, Wes, partner Amy Lee, and the rest of the live band took to…

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Duran Duran Chase Center September 4, 2022 Photos by Raymond Ahner Fans attending the Duran Duran show at the Chase Center in San Francisco had a lot to be excited for. This was the band’s first performance in the Bay Area since 2017, when they played the far smaller Masonic Auditorium. The band was riding high off of the release of last year’s album Future Past, and I for one was excited to see what songs they would play from their new album. But therein lies one of my issues with this particular show: if you went to this show…

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Gary Numan Bimbo’s 365 Club September 1, 2022 Photos by Tyler King I’ve been seeing Gary Numan live since 2010. Ever since I first saw him, I’ve had the privilege of seeing him perform eleven times, throughout various tours and one-off residencies. His shows have always been something I’ve looked forward to, his music having been something that has both been an inspiration to my own music and also helped me through some of my darkest times. I’ve seen him deliver performances that have brought me to tears and left me shaken to my core, so believe me when I…

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Franz Ferdinand The Fox Theater August 30, 2022 Photos by Nicole Baptista If you’re of a certain age, the band Franz Ferdinand needs no introduction. One of the figureheads of the early 2000s post-punk revival, alongside other stalwarts like Bloc Party and Interpol, the band helped to bring back the jerking rhythms and jangly guitar of decades past. The band has been around long enough now to even warrant their first official greatest hits album, Hits To The Head, which is what the band was touring behind when they played The Fox Theater in Oakland on August 30th. I remember…

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For fans of synth pop, and any kind of electronic music, the name Gary Numan needs no introduction. Bursting onto the music scene in the late 1970s backed with song after song that pushed the boundaries of what synthesizers could do in the realm of popular music, Numan has been a trendsetter for most of his life. A massive fan of his music myself, I was able to sit down with him over Zoom and spend some time talking about what’s next for him, including his upcoming US tour, re-recordings of his first three industrial-inspired albums, and where to go…

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The Zombies The Chapel July 18, 2022 Photos by Tyler King When you talk about the great British bands of the 1960s that invaded the radio of the United States, there are of course going to be the usual bands that always come up: The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. The Who. The Kinks. Personally, I grew up listening to and loving The Beatles, so of course I would always mention them first. But to me, the most interesting band to come out of England in that decade besides The Fab Four were The Zombies. Perhaps best known for their 1964…

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I’ve been a fan of The Soft Moon, the darkwave-infused post-punk solo project of Luis Vasquez, for about half a dozen years now. I first saw them on tour in 2016 in support of the 2015 album Deeper at The New Parish in Oakland, a show that would see The Soft Moon having their touring van broken into and most of their gear being stolen while onstage. My second time seeing them was at The Starline Social Club in Oakland, touring behind 2018’s Criminal, which saw the power going out onstage during their set. I relay these experiences on a…

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Howard Jones and Midge Ure Bimbo’s 365 Club June 22, 2022 Photos by Tyler King When I pulled up to Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco on the evening of June 22, the line was stretching around the block. For anyone who may have been passing by on the street, you may have thought that the massive line to get into the venue was for a modern act, but I knew exactly who I was going to see: synth pop and new wave heavyweight Howard Jones. I last saw him in the summer of 2019, and I was eager to…

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Modern English The Chapel June 14, 2022 Photos by Tyler King Modern English is a band that I had been wanting to see for years now. I was set to see them in 2017, but the band had to cancel the day of the show due to their guitarist falling ill. So here I was at The Chapel in San Francisco to see them not only for the first time, but to also see them perform their 1982 album After The Snow in its entirety. Scheduled opener Creux Lies had to cancel last-minute due to multiple members contracting COVID-19, so…

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Lingua Ignota The Great American Music Hall June 12, 2022 Photos by Tyler King The music of Lingua Ignota, the stage name of Kristin Hayter, is nearly impossible to summarize without contradicting oneself. It’s beautiful and ugly. It’s calming and confrontational. It’s serene and explosive. The same adjectives can be used to describe her live performances, which are few and far between, and she played her second of only two West Coast shows in 2022 at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco to an enraptured audience. I’d been wanting to see Lingua Ignota since shortly after the release…

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Molchat Doman The Great American Music Hall May 28, 2022 Photos by Geoffrey Smith II It isn’t very often that a band is able to have any kind of success in the United States without singing primarily in English, and those that do have any modicum of success are usually one-hit wonders: Nena with “99 Luftballoons,” or PSY with “Gangnam Style” immediately come to mind. There are of course exceptions to the rule: Germany’s industrial metal band Rammstein is still able to sell out arenas, and Japan’s alternative metal band Dir en grey are still able to tour the United…

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ADULT. The Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco May 7, 2022 Photos by Raymond Ahner (IG – raymond_ahner) Detroit-based dark synth juggernaut ADULT. played a nearly sold out show at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop on May 7th to a crowd eager to bask in the dark delights that the two-piece band were sure to unleash upon the audience. Comprised of spouses Nicola Kuperus (vocals) and Adam Lee Miller (instrumentation), ADULT. have been mainstays in the electro-industrial scene ever since releasing their first few singles in the late 1990s and then their debut album, Anxiety Always, in 2003. The band have released two…

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Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum Starline Social Club, Oakland March 25, 2022 Photos by Geoffrey Smith II (geoffreysmithphotography.com) Princess Goes To The Butterfly Museum brought their own unique brand of glittery synth-drenched new wave to the Starline Social Club in Oakland in March to a nearly packed house, making it one of the few shows of their West Coast tour that wasn’t sold out. This was the band’s first time playing in the Bay Area, and you could tell that the audience was ready for them, a line going around the corner before doors even opened. The band’s pre-set…

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Gang of Four The Independent March 21, 2022 Photos by Nicole Baptista Gang Of Four sold out The Independent in San Francisco on the night of the 13th, but walking into the venue, you might not think that the audience was there to see the post-punk legends. When you go to see a band that has such a legacy behind them, you’re bound to see some people that have been fans for almost as long as the band’s been around. But the crowd at the Gang Of Four show was almost made up entirely of people who, from appearances, had…

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Nick Cave and Warren Ellis Paramount Theater, Oakland March 13, 2022 Photos by Geoffrey Smith II. This wasn’t supposed to happen. I wasn’t supposed to like this show. I’m one of the few people I know who hasn’t been crazy about the last handful of records that Nick Cave has released, my interest in his output all but disappearing after the 2013 album Push The Sky Away. But something happened at the Nick Cave and Warren Ellis show at The Paramount Theater in Oakland on March 13th that shook me to my core and made me reevaluate my opinion on…

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Sparks The Warfield March 11, 2022 Photos by Geoffrey Smith II Fans attending the Sparks show on a recent Saturday at The Warfield had a lot to be excited about. Some arriving for the sold-out show had been fans since the band’s first album in 1971; some came on board during the band’s Italo-disco inspired late ‘70s / early ‘80s output; some became enamored with the band’s new wave mid 80s material, and some are recent additions to the fanbase – either from their less traditional recent work or from having seen the Edgar Wright documentary on the band released…

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